Check out how our MLB-leading 11 former Sun Devils have been faring in The Show as we’re a little more than two weeks through the season.
Kole Calhoun: Calhoun is off to a strong start to the new season, earning a starting outfield position. He cemented himself as the Angels leadoff hitter after a strong spring. He accepts the role of the leadoff hitter, going deep in counts and taking pitches to get a feel for the opposing pitcher. The Houston series from 4/4 to 4/7 has been his best series on the year. Calhoun knocked his first and second home runs on the year and got his first stolen base. With four RBI and eight runs, he’s settling into his role quite well.
4/4 @Houston: First homerun, first multiple RBI game.
Jason Kipnis: Kipnis started off the year on the right foot before stepping on the field. MLB.com ranked Kipnis as the third overall second basemen in the league under Robinson Cano and, former Sun Devil, Dustin Pedroia. Kipnis also signed a six year contract extension with the Indians worth 52.5 million with a club option. As far as the season goes, Kip took a few games to get his feet under him and has since been effective for the Indians. He has two multi-RBI games on the year to go along with two homeruns, both of which ended up to be go-ahead runs. He was particularly effective in series against the White Sox, earning five of his ten hits on the season. The Indians second baseman is gaining some steam.
4/9 San Diego: First homerun of the year
4/13 @CWS: Improved hitting at Cellular Field getting a hit in 19 out of 20 games.
Ike Davis: Davis has seen at bats in 10 games this year being used mainly as a pinch hitter in the late innings. He has been the subject of early trade rumors throughout the league but they have not seemed to bother him. Davis showed he can be clutch by hitting a pinch-hit walk off grand slam against the Reds. He is making the most of his playing time recording only three strike outs in 19 at-bats. Davis has shown poise on the young year despite trade rumors and looks to make the most of his playing time this year.
4/6 CIN: Walk-off pinch hit grand-slam
Eric Sogard: Sogard made headlines before the season started finishing second in the MLB.com “Face of MLB” contest falling to Mets third baseman David Wright. Since then, Sogard has played in nine games for the Athletics at second base. Early on, his offense has been slumping but shows promise. Recording only two strikeouts in 27 plate appearances shows that he is putting the ball in play and showing promise. On the other side of the field, his defense is as strong as ever. Recording highlight diving stops and having no errors on the season is always a great thing to see. He looks to continue to put the ball in play and improve on his offense.
4/6 SEA: 3-3 with a double and a stolen base
Andrew Romine: Romine was traded to the Tigers from the Angels during the offseason to add depth to Detroit’s shortstop position. He has seen action in four games on the season recording a hit in his first game with the Tigers against the Orioles. Romine looks to fight for playing time to help improve the middle infield for Detroit.
4/4 BAL: First hit with new team
Tuffy Gosewisch: Tuffy beat out veteran Henry Blanco out for the backup catcher position for the Arizona Diamondbacks coming out of spring training. Tuffy has seen action in three games on the year including two behind the plate. In his first start on the season, he caught for veteran pitcher, Bronson Arroyo. Tuffy has been showing that he is a solid defensive catcher stopping multiple wild pitches. He also provides leadership from behind the plate for a young Diamondbacks team while calling the game. He has yet to record a hit, but that looks to change with more playing time. Much like his time at ASU, Tuffy is still calling good games and has a “coach on the field” presence.
Made his first 25 man roster beating out Henry Blanco
Dustin Pedroia: Pedroia and the Red Sox are off to another impressive start following their championship season. Pedroia came out of the gates strong hitting .375 through his first six games with one double during that span. Pedroia suffered a wrist injury in the second series of the season. First reported to be wrist soreness after taking a ball off the wrist against Milwaukee; it progressively got worse causing him to miss the game on 4/13 to be precautionary. He was evaluated on Monday 4/14 and avoids a wrist fracture and the disabled list. After Pedroia is healed up, look for him to pick up from where he left off before the injury providing impressive numbers for the Red Sox offense.
4/2 @BAL: 4-5 with no strikeouts in the second game of the year
4/13: Wrist evaluated, no sign of fracture or the DL
Andre Ethier: Due to the injury to Matt Kemp, Ethier has seen playing time in 13 games mainly as the starting center fielder for the Dodgers. Ethier provides depth to the Dodgers outfield making decision making hard for Dodgers management with Kemp back in the lineup. His offense and run support has been apparent early on, getting at least one RBI in 9 out of 13 games played. He also has one homerun and one stolen base on the year to go along with 10 RBI. Ethier proves to see more playing time even with the return of Kemp.
4/4 SF: First homerun of the season
Ian Kinsler: Kinsler was traded to the Tigers in the trade that ultimately sent Prince Fielder to the Rangers. Kinsler has taken kindly to his new team starting off red hot. He has an average of .302 on the season and knocked a homerun in his second game with the tigers. He has four RBI and four extra base hits on the year to go along with two stolen bases. Kinsler has been consistent and shows no sign of slowing down with his new team. Look for Kinsler to continue his production for the Detroit Tigers.
4/2 KC: First homerun of the season
Willie Bloomquist: Bloomquist returned to the team that drafted him over the off season, the Seattle Mariners. He provides depth and experience to the middle infield of Seattle. He has seen action in three games this year including two starts. He has gone 2-7 with one run and only one strikeout. He makes the most of his playing time with solid defense and smart hitting at the plate. Looks to have another consistent year with his new team.
4/2 @LAA: First start at second on the season, first hit as well.
Mike Leake: Leake has two starts on the year going 1-1. After a shaky outing in his first start of the season, he quickly turned it around in his next start. Leake went eight scoreless innings conceding only one walk in his shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals on April 9th. Leake had some trouble in his first start but more than made up for it. He now posts a 2.45 ERA on the year through 14.2 innings. Leake looks to build on his momentum this week.
4/9 @STL: 8.0 innings, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, earned the Win.